Saturday, December 27, 2008


I decided to post pictures of all the ornaments sent to me and sent back out. Thank you all for making this year's exchange a success. Do you want to do one in the summer, too, or just at Christmas?

This is the ornament I made and sent to Diana in the Netherlands.

Nic's ornament went to Linda.

Madonna' ornament went all the way to Kirsi in Thailand.

Linda's ornament went out to Amy.

Kirsi's ornament was sent to Margaret.

I kept Diana's ornament.

Margaret's ornament went to Madonna.

And Amy's ornament went across the pond to Nic.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Looooong Postal Trip

I just received Diana's ornament. It's been in the mail since the 18th of November! I'll have her ornament out to her by Thursday.

All Sent Out

All the rest of the exchange ornaments I received were sent out yesterday. Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 5, 2008

Received and Sent

Hi all-

I've received ornaments from everyone except Shirlee and Diana. Yesterday, I sent ornaments to Kirsi and Nic. The rest will be going out by Monday. I've taken pictures of every ornament so far and will post them when people start getting theirs home.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

A package from Elza

Arrived at my house yesterday .. omgosh I just love everything Elza! She stitched for me this really cute Christmas design and then stitched in in a fabric box. It's now sitting on my coffee table. I can't get my photos to upload tonight. I promise to post them tomorrow. oh and I love the santa garland! Thank you so much Elza. I just love everything! And Meg, thanks for hosting this exchange. It was lots of fun!

Hugs, Michele

**edited 12/8
Sorry it took me so long to post pictures .. here's the lovely exchange Elza sent me ...

This stitched piece is the bottom of the pretty fabric box. My family loves the saying :)
And here's what the box looks like ...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ornament Exchange from Michele

Oh my goodness! I just received this stunning exchange from Michele today. She stitched an ornament that I actually have kitted up to stitch for a friend right now - LOL - so that surely makes it a great choice. And it is finished so beautifully... on top of that, look at all the treats! Even DH and the cats got treats in this amazing package! You spoiled me rotten, rotten, rotten! Thank you so much Michele! {{{HUGS}

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I've mailed an ornament to Meg today for onward sending.


Safely here.

I received ornaments from Margaret C. and Kirsi yesterday. Will post their pictures when I get more in, and will be starting to send things back out on Monday!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Christmas Exchange from Carol

Wauw what a beautiful things.
Lot of goodies and the cross stitch pattern is from Barbara Ana, Let it Snow.
Fabrics Sugar Mapel 28ct Ice Crystal Lugana
Floss DMC
Thanks Carol you make me happy.
Greetings Elza from Holland.

My ornament ...

left today for a new home ... hope my partner likes it :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My exchange...

... left today - DH dropped it off at the post office while running his errands this afternoon. I hope it arrives safely and quickly :-)

Carol S.

Monday, November 17, 2008

gift on the post office

Mij gift is to the USA, i hope you like it.
Greeting Elza.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Six Days Left!

Six days left to join the exchange! Don't miss out. Email me to participate.


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Time To Start!

Yes, it's time to dust off the needles and start stitching. Remember, ALL kinds of needlework are allowed here, so be creative and go outside your box. Remember too, though, that this is a gift and you put your best work into gifts. I am changing a rule or two as I take over. I discussed this with Simone, and she said to go ahead.

First, to participate, you need to send your name, address, and email address to me at losthermarbles at If I don't get it by October 15th, you can't participate. I'm going to be a bit stringent about that - I'll be out of town and then out of commission until the first week of November after that date.

Second, if you've already participated, you have a choice to make! You can either be paired with someone specific OR mail your ornament to me and be surprised by who it will go to. If you have never participated before, you MUST mail your ornament to me with a return envelope. I will pay postage to get an ornament to you. This is to prevent problems with things not showing up on time or at the right place. I want to make certain that everyone who sends an ornament receives one. Period. If you do not live up to your obligation to send one, you will be blacklisted unless you can convince me that you had a problem AND you tell me before the mailing date. If you're not going to be able to mail it on time, you should know the day before. Mailing date for this exchange is November 20th.

I'm probably going to seem more strict to you than Simone was. If I am, blame me and not her! She did this hard work through three exchanges and deserves a break and a hearty thank you.

If you want this group to grow, add the link to your blogs or mention the exchange on your blogs. Maybe someone new will read it and be interested.

So lets have some fun and start stitching!


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Meg is going to take over!

I had some contact with Meg after the announcement that I wanted to quit the Ornie exchanges.
Meg volunteerd to take it over! So the Xmas ornies are staying!
I'm very happy that Meg wants to continue the blog. I'm sure she soon will start a new exchange.
In the mean time I'll try to get the last 4 ornies at their receivers.

Thank you all for joining the exchanges. I'm sure Meg will do a great job on the next one!

hugs, Simone

Monday, September 8, 2008

End of the ornie exchanges

I've decided to quit with the Xmas ornie exchanges... With the first exchange I had to chase some people behind their buds to get their ornaments in the mail. And from the Xmas in July are also 4 ornaments still missing. I'm getting tired of it!
I will make sure that these last 4 ornaments will be received by their new owners, at last. But I'm not going to organize a new exchange!

Is their anyone who wants to take over the blog? Please contact me.
Otherwise I will delete it in a while...

I'm sorry, but I'm very disappointed! And I think I can spent my time better on stitching...
For those of you who did sent their ornaments in time: Thank you!

Hugs, Simone

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Lovely ornament

During my vacation I've received a beautiful ornament from Nicole.Thank you very much,I won't wait till X-mas,but it will be hanging in the living from now on.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

still haven't received

Just wanted to update and say that I still have not received from my partner. :(( I know she said she mailed it and it was sent back to her, do you know if she remailed it? Has it been returned to her again? I'm starting to get bummed.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Only 5...

There are 5 ornaments that still had to be received, due to different reasons. But I'm in contact with the senders and the receivers and it will come to a good end. It just need some more time...
I will be on holiday from next Wednesday till August 16th, so I hope in the mean time everyone receive their Ornies.

Hugs, Simone

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Thank You Jacqueline!

Look at the cute, cute ornies I rec'd from Jacqueline! I love them, they're perfect for me!

Here is a pic of all the other goodies Jacqueline sent too...buttons and ribbons and pins!

Thanks again for a wonderful exchange! Hugs, Staci

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

And my ornament

is still not received by the new owner:( I really don't hope it got lost, that would be my third exchange in a row that got lost :(

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

have not received

I've not gotten my ornament yet. :((

My exchange to Monique

I've heard that my ornie has been received, so I thought I'd show some pictures.

Monique, my recipient, doesn't have a blog, so it wasn't easy deciding on something to make, so I decided to try something new, and made a felt ornament from a book I bought when a nearby LNS closed. I made it a little jazzier than the original design called for, and did more stitching rather than use Bondaweb, and I really enjoyed the whole thing!

I can feel a whole host of little felt ornies might be in my future...

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thank you Susan!!

I received this lovely Peace ornament from Susan. Thank you so much Susan, it's a very pretty ornament! I'll be hanging it into our Christmas tree this Christmas! Susan also sent me this wonderful biscornu kit, with fabric and threads and beads and everything, thank you!! I'm sorry but I don't know if you have a blog Susan. If you read this, please visit my blog and leave a comment so that I can visit your blog and e-mail you :)


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thanks Monique

Today I found a beautiful christmas ornament in my mailbox, a birth made from felt.
It's very cute, I am very happy with it., she also put a strenght of dmc 4200 with it. Monique thank you very much!

gift from Chantal.

A few days ago there was an other gift in the mail from Chantal, with a lot of goodies.

Thank you Chantal.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Thanks Michele

Today the postman brings me a great box with all lovely tings fore Christmas. Thank you Michele , I am verry happy with such beautifull gifts. Greeting Elza.

Monday, July 14, 2008

This exchange is going rather well!

Girls, I'm happy how everything is going with this exchange! Only 3 ornaments that still have to be sent (and I have contact with those senders) and 10 left to be received.
It's a lot better than the first exchange! I think it does help a lot that it's not Holiday season ;)
I'm already thinking about a new ornie-exchange... "It's never early enough for Christmas" ;) But I'll come back to that later!

Hugs, Simone

Hello, I would like to Ina for the wonderful package that I received in the mail, a box full of goodies, Thank you so much Ina!!!! I will try to post picture later, Susan Locke

Friday, July 11, 2008

Received From Becca

I'm a little behind posting to the blog but I received a lovely exchange from Becca on Monday night. A busy week has made me tardy in posting...sorry. She sent me a lovely cross stitched mitten ornament plus lots of goodies...some christmas light trim, Lizzie*Kate January Flip-It, some perle Vicki clayton silk, some bath gels and Bath and Body Works shower gel.
Becca, thanks for the lovely goodies and exchange...I had fun doing this Christmas In July ornie exchange.

Thank you Jeanine!

I received a lovey package from Jeanine today. I received this lovely Christmas ornament, how did you know I LOVE reindeer :)

And here's the rest of the goodies .. some Christmas fabric, Gloriana silk, and a kit of Christmas ornaments.

Thank you Jeanine, I just love this package and can't wait to hang your ornament on my tree :)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thanks Leena

Last week I received the Xmas in July exchange from Leena from Finland.

Leena thank you very much. I like it, it's beautiful.




Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Beautiful present from Verona

Today I recieved a beautiful exchange from Verona. Thank you Verona, I really really love it. It's going to get a very good place in the tree with Christmas and the floss will be used soon :-)

And ofcourse a big thank you to Simone for organizing yet another great exchange. I'm looking forward to the next one :-)

Hugs, Jeanine

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Oh I forgot

I sent my exchange last thursday..
I hope my partner likes it.
When i finished it, i was a little sent, that i had to sent them away. So i started with 2 new ones grin..

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Pretty Exchange from Amy

I just wanted to take a moment to give a huge THANK YOU to Amy... and to show off the pretty exchange that I received from her today... Amy stitched me this sweet ornament with a star button that is to die for. Aw.... And wow, she hit my wish list and sent me a chart I really wanted... plus the WDW linen and NPI silk for it. Thank you Amy! You went way above and beyond. I shall cherish this forever...

Exchange from Diana

Hi girls,

I received the Christmas in July exchange from Diana, it's beautifull! Thanks Diana, I like it very much. Tonight I put a picture in my blog, have to run now.

Love, Marlies

Thursday, July 3, 2008

My ornament arrived!

Here is my lovely exchange from Valerie - it was great to get such a sweet ornament by one of my favourite designers!

I enjoyed all the other bits and pieces too - the very funny card, cute chart, festive fabbie and threads, needles in my preferred size (28s! yay!) and not forgetting the chocolate - which I have been very restrained with and not eaten yet!

Valerie says that this is her first ornament finish - I'm not sure I believe her, it is so neat! LOL - it has been finished in a similar way to a pin keep, which is great for me as I will be able to display it on my shelves come Christmas time. Thank you so much, Valerie!

I'm getting a bit anxious though about the ornament I mailed out - it should be there by now...

It's in the mail

I mailed out a package to my partner today. I enclosed some extra goodies that i have been collecting for her. Hope she likes it.

Exchange received from Ruth B

My exchange arrived from Ruth in LA today.  Ruth stitched a very pretty holly ornament which she fringed and backed with felt. Isn' t that pretty?  She also enclosed two lots of finishing fabric, three skeins of threads and some cute buttons. Thank you Ruth - a lovely exchange.

And thank you Simone for arranging this exchange.

Oops I Did It Again...

I forgot to post that I sent my ornament out on July 1st. I hope that my partner likes it and the other goodies that I enclosed along with it.

Amy Varnell-Miller

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

from Chantal to Anita.

This is what my mom Anita received from Chantal.

she liked it a lot.



received my xmass exchange


yesterday I received my xmass exchange from Carol.

thank you very much Carol.

I've fallen behind on this exchange. I have no excuse except laziness. LOL I kept putting it off and putting it off, realized Tuesday that I had only a few days left to get my partners ornament stitched. All I have left is the back stitching and the finishing. I'm so sorry for the delay. The ornament should be in the mail tomorrow.

Ornament from Simone

Here's the lovely ornament I received from Simone. Id like to know the designer - will you tell us that Simone? Anyway it's finished like a pinkeep in a wonderful triangular shape with ribbon around the edge that says "Happy Holly Days!"

Here's the entire package.

Thanks so much for your gifts Simone. The ornament will make a great addition to my tree this year! And thanks too for organizing this exchange. Much easier (less pressure) to stitch ornaments in July!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hi all,

Mine is on its way to The States. Hopefully it will arrive soon.

Bye, Jeanine

My exchange arrived from Meg Shaffer

Meg sent me a beautiful ornament that I can't wait to put on my tree! Plus she sent me TONS of goodies!! I'll list those on my blog. Here is a pic:

Thanks so very much Meg. The whole package is awesome!

Wendy Jo

Hi ..

I'm mailing mine tomorrow (7/1).

Hugs, Michele

Monday, June 30, 2008


I have put mine in the mail Too.


Christmas in July

Hello Simone, today I have sent my ornament across the sea, Susan Locke


I've send my xmasexchange on June 25 across the Ocean.I hope it will arrive soon.

Christmas ornie on it's way...

As from tomorrow first thing in the morning! I made it ready for sending out Saturday night, but today I couldn't find the time to go to the post office. So tomorrow my exchange will fly away.

Love, Marlies

How are you doing...

...with your ornaments??? Tomorrow is THE send date for the Christmas in July exchange!

I already received a lot of messages, that Ornies has been sent, but also a lot I didn't hear anything of yet...
Please, communicate if you've sent and/or received your ornie. Don't hesitate to contact me if there are any delays!
I'm anxious to see, what you all have been created!

Christmas Ornie on It's Way!

My christmas ornie is on it's way to its new home today. I hope that it arrives there safely and is well received. I had a lot of fun stitching for this exchange! It should arrive to its new home in about a week.

Valerie :)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Ornament Mailed

My ornament is on its way....

Cathy B

My ornament from Stacy

I received friday my ornament . Thank you so mutch Stacy . I really like it . Stacey made it 1 over 1 . It's so nice done . And she send me some gifts to . I'm so happy with this exchange .

Saturday, June 28, 2008

On its way!

Off it goes into the wild blue yonder! May it fly safely....


Thursday, June 26, 2008

My ornament from Carol S

Today I recived a Beautifull exchanges with presents from Carol S

Thank you

Many greetings from the Netherlands

Verona de Jong

On its way

I have today mailed my Christmas ornament. It does not have too far to travel so hopefully my partner will receive it very soon.
Carol R

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thank You Pascale!

Yesterday I received a whole envelope of Christmassy goodness from Pascale. Isn't it great? Even my husband oohed over the tiny clothespins and felt thingees. Thank you so much! And mine will be winging its way to someone tomorrow.

xmass exchange is on his way

To let you know that my exchanges is also on his way to ... over the ocean.

To Chantal
My mom recived your exchange yesterday, she liked it a lot ,photo's later.
thank you

Pascale and Anita

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Thank you Anita!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey everyone look at the wonderful bundle the postman brought me!
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Now one amazing ornament, but THREE!!!! And beautiful Christmas goodies. And you know what else? The card sings! I feel the holiday spirit already!

Thank you very, very much Anita!

Lovely snowguy from the Netherlands! =D


I got a dear pack from Elza, at the Netherlands! She made me a cute snow fellow, finished as a pinkeep and included a beautiful post card from Harlingen and a kit for me to make cross stitch cards. Oh, sweetie! Thank you!I love it all! =D

I was, deep in my heart, hoping you could be my sender, because Elza is the name of my mother, and nothing bad can come from someone with that name, and guess what? I was right!=)

Thank you, Simone, for running this swap.You are the best!

I am about to finish my ornament. If you girls take a look at my previous post on my blog, you´ll know I had to take some time off from needles, but could not let my partner down. For you, secret friend, I am making something that I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed the parcel from Elza.

Much love,